Kristaps Porzingis Comments on Carmelo Anthony's Frustration with Knicks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 7: Kristaps Porzingis #6 and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks high five each other during the game against the Denver Nuggets on February 7, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After teammate Carmelo Anthony vented his frustration with the New York Knicks' recent fortunes, Kristaps Porzingis discussed his desire for Melo to remain with the team.   

"Obviously I wouldn't want to lose him," Porzingis said Thursday, per's Ohm Youngmisuk. "He is who he is on our team, he's very special. And we need him to do big things in the future, especially for me. I love playing alongside him so that would obviously not be something that I want."

Interim head coach Kurt Rambis talked about how Anthony has tutored the rookie forward.

"A lot of it is just Carmelo challenging him to be aggressive and confident out there on the floor," Rambis said. "Melo has been great with him in terms of encouraging him to grow as a ball player to blossom, to trust himself and be confident in what he does."

Barring a near miracle, the Knicks will likely miss the playoffs for the third straight season. Couple that with the team's head coaching carousel, and it's easy to see why Anthony would be upset with his present situation.

"It's been tough. It's challenging," Melo said Tuesday, per Youngmisuk. "It's challenging to kind of stay strong and positive through all this."

Anthony is only into the second year of the five-year, $124 million extension he signed with the team. While Porzingis gives Knicks fans reason to be optimistic about the future, there's no telling when New York will be a true title contender again.

Melo is 31 years old, so he may not want to continue being a part of the rebuilding effort if major results don't start coming soon.

Should the Knicks trade Anthony in the summer or at some point in the near future, at least he's had a positive impact on Porzingis and helped make him a better player.